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Britain's Got Talent has become one of the most popular shows on British television. The series gives a showcase to a mixture of undiscovered talent and performers who have been around for a while but not yet had their big TV break. The 2018 series was again hugely popular with this year being dominated by stand-up comedians. For the first time a comedian won the show with Lost Voice Guy winning and earning himself a place on the bill for the 2018 Royal Variety Performance.
Britain's Got Talent 2019
Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 series of Britain's Got Talent and the closing date is February 7th 2019. It's not known yet whether Ant McPartlin will be back hosting the show with Declan Donnolly. Ant's off-stage problems caused him to miss out on the live shows and he's already announced that he won't be hosting 'I'm a Celebrity...Get Me out of Here' this year and the popular 'Ant and Dec's Saturday Takeaway' won't be returning in 2019.
Lost Voice Guy Wins the 2018 Britain's Got Talent Final
The Grand Final of Britain's Got Talent was held on Sunday 3 June and it was a great night for comedians. Never before had a stand-up comedian won the competition but that all changed when Lost Voice Guy was voted the winner. Lee Ridley has cerebral palsy and can't speak so relies on his computer equipment to voice his rather un-PC jokes, mainly about disability. He's already an award-winning stand-up comedian and he pipped Robert White for the title. Third place went rather surprisingly to singer Donchez Dacres.
The 2018 Britain's Got Talent series had produced plenty of surprises and the usual mix of singers, dancers, comedians, magic and children's performers. Not a great number of dogs this year though. Those who appeared on the show included The D-Day Darlings, a trio of female singers singing World War II songs and their performances were made more emotional with the appearance of armed services veterans on stage.
Mind reader Marc Spelman also tugged at the heartstrings with a series of tricks that included his family. Jack and Tim were a father and son act that received Simon Cowell's Golden Buzzer but failed to maintain their popularity in the live stages of the series.
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- Lost Voice Guy - 21.0%
- Robert White - 17.2%
- Donchez Dacres - 11.2%
- Gruffydd Wyn - 11.2%
- Giang Brothers - 9.5%
- DVJ - 7.1%
- The D-Day Darlings - 7.1%
- Jack & Tim - 6.2%
- Calum Courtney - 3.5%
- Micky P Kerr - 3.3%
- B Positive Choir - 2.7%
The first semi-final had a few nervous moments when the live feed went down but we all enjoyed the jokes about the absent Ant being responsible. The rest of the show was rather predictable with Lost Voice Guy and The D-Day Darlings reaching the final.
Tuesday's semi-final provided a surprise result but one that delighted David Walliams. His golden buzzer choice Donchez Dacres won the semi-final and was joined in the final by Calum Courtney who secured second place via the votes of the general public after the judges failed to come to a decision. The B-Positive Choir came third.
Wednesday saw two Golden Buzzer contestants battle it out but only one made it through to the final. Comedian Robert White won the viewers vote and it was opera singer and Amanda Holden's Golden Buzzer choice Gruffydd Wyn Roberts who also qualified for Sunday's final ahead of Ant and Dec's Golden Buzzer winner, Marc Spelman who must be on the short-list for the judges wild card.
- Thursday night saw Jack and Tim and DVJ reach the final with Baba Yega just missing out. That leaves just one semi-final and that saw a bit of a shock with Micky P Kerr winning the heat with the Giang Brothers joining him in the final. There's just one more place left in the final and that's the Judge's Wildcard.
The last semi-final took place on Friday and saw another death-defying stunt from the Giang Brothers who were the winners on the night with comedy magician Mandy Muden also qualifying.
Britain's Got Talent Betting Markets
Major betting companies such as Skybet and Paddy Power offer bets on the show throughout the auditions and live shows. Some of the popular markets include:
- Competition winner
- Winning judge
- Next act to be eliminated
- Semi-final results
History of Britain's Got Talent
Brittish TV has always had talent shows and those of a certain age will have fond memories of 'Opportunity Knocks' and 'New Faces.' Both shows created plenty of stars with performers such as Victoria Wood, Lenny Henry, Jim Davidson, Les Dawson, Cannon and Ball and Bonnie Langford getting their first big breaks on those shows.
ITV's 'New Faces' included a panel of judges with Tony Hatch becoming the man we used to love to hate. Britain's Got Talent is just a step ahead on that show as now we see the auditions from the good, the bad and the even worse. The show began in 2007 and is presented by Ant and Dec. The panel originally consisted of Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden. The show was an instant hit and now has four judges - Cowell and Holden remain (Holden having appeared in every single series) plus Alesha Dixon and David Walliams.
2017 - Tokio Myers won the 2017 Britain's Got Talent final with 24.2 percent of the votes. His mixture of classical and modern music continually proved to be a big hit with the viewers and the judging panel. He was seven percent clear of the runner-up, eight year-old magician Izzy Simpson with stand-up comic Daliso Chapunda back in third. That's one of the highest finishes for a comedian though he is an experienced performer on the comedy circuit and has since landed his own radio show.
2016: Richard Jones was the winner with his close-up magic act. Jones was a Lance Corporal in the army and used that to help boost the number of votes he received. His career has prospered since winning the series touring the UK with his own show 'Power of Imagination.'
2015: Jules O'Dwyer and Matisse (plus Skippy and Chase) - The second dog act to win the series, though many felt Jules should have been disqualified. The winning performance in the final saw another dog used for a tightrope sequence, but viewers were not aware of this being the case. She was allowed to keep her win but ITV were later sanctioned by Ofcon for misleading viewers.
2014: Collabro - A boyband that performed hit songs from the world of musical theatre. They have gone on to be a successful act though one of the original line-up has since left. They have had three top ten albums, with their first release getting to number one and their fourth album is due out later in 2018.
2013: Attraction - Controversially this Hungarian shadow theatre company were crowned the winners of 'Britain's Got Talent.' Their act included a great deal of British patriotism helping them to win the final. Since winning the show they have appeared on shows all around the world.
2012: Ashleigh and Pudsey - One of the most successful winners of the series. The dog act have gone on to appear in panto and there was even 'Pudsey the Movie.' Sadly, Pudsey died in 2017 but Ashleigh has continued to find success with her new dog Sully.
2011: Jai McDowall - This Scottish singer hasn't enjoyed a massive amount of success since winning the series. He was released from his contract with Syco and claimed that Simon Cowell was anti-Scottish which considering his success with Susan Boyle doesn't quite make sense. Cowell himself is half-Scottish as his mother comes from that country.
2010: Spellbound - The gymnastic troupe have enjoyed lots of success since their win including appearing at the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.
2009: Diversity - The third series of 'Britain's Got Talent produced two massive acts. Dance troupe Diversity won the series and have been enjoying massive success ever since. They surprisingly beat Susan Boyle who has sold millions of records around he world since her appearance on the show.
2008 George Sampson - The young dancer performed to 'Singing in the Rain' to win the final but his career has been anything but a wash-out. He's enjoyed success as a dancer and more recently an actor. Also having a successful career after appearing in this series was singer Faryl Smith from Kettering.
2007 Paul Potts - This opera singer was the first ever winner of the series. He has sold millions of records since and there was even a film made about his rise to stardom with James Corden playing him.
When and Where to watch Britain's Got Talent
The show can be seen on ITV on Saturday evenings. The next series will be shown in April and May 2019.
By:- Steve A
Posted on:- 24/04/2015 - 12:02 PM
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